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In The Wake Of Cheating Scandal, How Are College Admissions Supposed To Work?

Houston Matters discusses how college admissions are supposed to work and the challenges faced by students trying to get in the right way.


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As we've previously reported on, a huge scandal about college admissions broke out a few weeks ago concerning some high-profile names, like actresses Lori Laughlin and Felicity Huffman.

The case involved students seeking to attend top schools cheating on college entrance exams, and coaches paid off to claim students seeking admission were athletic recruits when they weren't.

The scandal folded in Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest, and Georgetown, among others. At the center of it is William "Rick" Singer, who's been charged with racketeering, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. He owned and operated a for-profit college counseling and preparation business, and ran a purported charity, using donations to the charity as payment for arranging the schemes. There were also two Houstonians found to have been connected to the debacle.

So, in light of all of this, how are college admissions supposed to work? And how are universities trying to overcome the fallout of the scandal? What are the challenges students who try to get in the right way face?

In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks it over with Arthur Ortiz, vice president of enrollment at the University of St. Thomas, and Trisha Cornwell, the executive director of EMERGE, a local college prep program that serves students in Houston and Spring Branch ISD.